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Peter Johnsson
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PostPosted: Wed 30 Mar, 2011 10:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks very good to me!
Congratulations.

Difficult to judge the scale from a photo. That would be the only thing to detract in any major way.
You got the chape very like the original Vättern sword. I documented that one a few years back, and the chape is done exaclty like you did. Only very minor difference may be that it could have been hot forged, or made from softer iron: there is some trace of plastic deformation, but it is basically just a cut out shape bent to fit the end of the scabbard.
Your interpretation is very much in the spirit of these swords. If anything it is a tad too neat in some aspects ;-)

Keep up the good work!
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PostPosted: Wed 30 Mar, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Many thanks for the help and words of encouragement, Peter!
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug, 2012 4:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A few long overdue pics of very poor quality. This is a fairly loose interpretation, the grip just isn't long enough to really fit the type. I just wanted to practice forging hilt components. Albion type XVI blade, 36", 7.6" cross, 7.5" grip. Since I took these pictures, I stripped the grip to the wooden core and am refinishing the hilt components. I'll post some better pics of the refitted sword when I can. I am thinking maybe a bare birch grip with bands of wire wrap.


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Dec, 2012 6:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A few more pics of Scandinavian longswords from other threads, just to have them all in one place. These were originally posted by Peter Johnsson:


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Dec, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And these posted by Björn Hellqvist. Check out the condition of that original scabbard, amazing! It is difficult to tell if the blade is a fullered XVIIIb or more of a hexagonal section. Also, notice the lack of chape on the scabbard. Also, check out Mr. Hellqvists sword site, in the Virtual Museum section, under the title "warsword." He shows a nice one with more of a cutting blade. http://www.foxtail.nu/bjorn/swords.htm


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